Introduction to R

University of California, Santa Barbara

Online

May 6-7, 2021

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructors: Torin White, Camila Vargas-Poulsen, Greg Janee

Helpers: Kristi Liu, Renata Curty, Amelia Meyer, Ian Lessing

Registration for this workshop opens on Friday, April 16 at 8:00am PST

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General Information

Data Carpentry develops and teaches workshops on the fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Its target audience is researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are domain specific, building on learners' existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Good Enough Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.
This course is the prerequisite for the Introduction to Geospatial Data with R workshop on May 13 - 14

Where: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: May 6-7, 2021. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Accessibility: We are dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify the instructors in advance of the workshop if you require any accommodations or if there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible to you.

Contact: Please email library-collaboratory@ucsb.edu for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.


Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.


Collaborative Notes

We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


Survey

Please be sure to complete this survey after the workshop.

Post-workshop Survey


Schedule

Thursday, May 6th

8:30am Zoom opens, setup help available
9:00am Introduction to R and RStudio
Project Management With RStudio
~10:05am BREAK
Data Structures
~11:15am BREAK
Exploring Data Frames
12:00pm END
After Day 1 quick feedback

Friday, May 7th

9:00am Day 1 Review
Subsetting Data
~9:55am BREAK
Data Frame Manipulation with dplyr
~10:50am BREAK
Introduction to Visualization with ggplot
Writing Data
12:00pm END
After Workshop post-workshop survey

Setup

To participate in this Data Carpentry workshop, you will need to install the software listed below.

You can download the data used for the workshop here.
In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser like Chrome, Mozilla, or Microsoft Edge

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for the tool you will be learning about (a terminal, RStudio, your web browser, etc..) and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.

The setup instructions for the Data Carpentry Geospatial workshop can be found at the workshop overview site.